With files from Andrea Elliott, Organizing Committee
The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team concluded its most successful season on record by matching the program’s best ever finish at the CIS Final 8 men’s basketball championship. For the second straight season, uOttawa won the national silver medal while the Carleton Ravens took home the W.P. McGee with a commanding 93-46 win.
Ottawa came out strong, following the game plan of aggressive team rebounding. Picking up five offensive rebounds and winning the glass 11-10 overall in the first frame had the garnet and grey trailing 15-10 after the opening ten minutes despite shooting 0-7 from three-point range.
The shooting would not improve for Ottawa and Carleton stormed back to take control of the game with an 11-0 run to open the second quarter. By halftime the lead stood at 38-23. Phil Scrubb, who led the opening half charge, finished the game with 28 points.
Carleton’s Connor Wood opened the second half with a series of scores during the first three minutes while the Ottawa offence continued to falter, growing the lead to 54-25.
“They came out on that run and I had to burn a timeout,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin after the game. “That put their lead at 26 and the way that they were defending, I knew we had a pretty uphill climb at that point and it seemed to go from bad to worse from there.”
“Their switching defence gave us headaches all night, and even when we got the offensive rebounds we couldn’t turn them into points.”
Ottawa’s offence could never find their rhythm and the Gee-Gees trailed 70-38 after three quarters. The Gee-Gees also lost their CIS coach of the year as Derouin received a second technical foul and was forced to leave the bench for the final quarter.
Moe Ismail was the lone Gee-Gee to reach double-digit scoring under the suffocating Ravens defensive effort, logging 10 points on two treys and a quartet of free throws.
“We came into the game confident, and we believed we would pull it together. The most unfortunate part is that we are 68-6 over the last two years and our team deserved better than a blowout here – they are a better team than that,” said Derouin. “It would have been nice to play up to our potential and go out with a win, but we were flat on both ends of the floor and Carleton pounced all over it.”
The OUA swept the national medals with the Ryerson Rams taking the bronze.
Official Boxscore: STATS
CAR 15-23-33-22: 93
OTT 10-13-15-8: 46
Points: Philip Scrubb (28), Connor Wood (21), Thomas Scrubb (20)
Rebounds: Thomas Scrubb (12), Jean-Emmanuel Pierre-Charles (7), Victor Raso (7)
Assists: Philip Scrubb (10), Thomas Scrubb (7)
Player of the game: Philip Scrubb
Points: Moe Ismail (10), Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (7), Mehdi Tihani (7)
Rebounds: Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (7), Mike L’Africain (4)
Assists: Moe Ismail (2), Caleb Agada (2), Mike L’Africain (2)
Player of the game: Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue
Tournament MVP (Jack Donohue Trophy): Philip Scrubb, Carleton
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Adika Peter-McNeilly, Ryerson
Philip Scrubb, Carleton
Thomas Scrubb, Carleton
Connor Wood, Carleton
Caleb Agada, Ottawa
Adika Peter-McNeilly, Ryerson
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Thursday, March 12
11:00 Quarter-final 1: No. 1 Carleton 90, No. 8 Saskatchewan 50
13:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 4 Victoria 57, No. 5 Dalhousie 56
18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 7 Ryerson 82, No. 2 Windsor 68
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 3 Ottawa 91, No. 6 Bishop’s 85 (OT)
Friday, March 13
14:00 Consolation 1: Saskatchewan 90, Dalhousie 79
16:00 Consolation 2: Windsor 91, Bishop’s 80
Saturday, March 14
14:00 5th-place game: Saskatchewan 99, Windsor 94
18:00 Semifinal 1: Carleton 83, Victoria 74
20:30 Semifinal 2: Ottawa 84, Ryerson 75
Sunday, March 15
11:30 Bronze: Ryerson 82, Victoria 68
15:00 Final: Carleton 93, Ottawa 46